This post is not about the former town commissioner whose resignation was accepted by our Board of Commissioners at a special meeting on Wednesday morning, September 26. This post is about the bald-faced lie our mayor, Danny Roy Shaw, told me before that meeting, about the timing of the former commissioner’s resignation.
You see, I possess evidence that on at least three occasions between September 5 and 5:12 p.m. September 23, said former commissioner stated, in writing, that I, Thurman James Hubbard, III, born 28 July 1966, in Forsyth County, North Carolina, was convicted of molesting children in the late 1980s.
That lie amounts to slander, libel, and defamation of character. As I told Captain Presley Wednesday morning, I’d rather be called a murderer than something so vile. I cannot imagine anything worse to be called, and I most certainly am not a pedophile.
I have never been arrested or charged with a crime worse than speeding or running a stop sign. I included my full name and birth information above so that readers may search any criminal records or offender databases they prefer and verify that what I am saying is truthful and accurate. Unlike some elected officials in this town, when I tell you I have no criminal record, it’s actually true.
All the aforementioned instances of defamation occurred at the same time or before the moment when the now former commissioner tendered his resignation. The message you see reproduced at left is one of those instances, and occured at 4:41 p.m. on September 23. I have redacted a portion of the message in which the commissioner made unverified defamatory statements about another citizen of our town because I will not be party to spreading such garbage.
I spoke to Mayor Shaw privately before the board met Wednesday morning. I asked to make a public comment regarding the library roof contract they to discuss. When the mayor told me my request would be denied I told him that he should reconsider, given the slander that was being spread about me by a sitting board member.
I told the mayor that if he thought Mr. Cheek’s settlement in his lawsuit against the town last year was big that he should try imagining what a citizen slandered by a sitting commissioner might be awarded. The mayor refused to change his mind, so I entered the building and read my statement to the camera before the meeting was called to order. If you saw that video you could that tell I was visibly upset. Wouldn’t you be?
During our conversation before the meeting, Mayor Shaw informed me that the former commissioner’s resignation had been tendered at 9 a.m. on the morning of September 23, and later produced a note, handwritten in Sharpie on a piece of copier paper, indicating that time and date. The mayor implied that whatever the former commissioner had said was not the town’s liability since he was no longer a member of the board when the remarks were made. Mayor Shaw knows that is a false statement, and by now he should know that I can disprove his lie.
The phone number at the top is that of the now resigned commissioner, and has been seen in official emails he sent prior to his resignation. The last message was sent at 4:57 p.m. At that point the commissioner was still insisting that he was not going to resign.
Then, at 5:12 p.m., barely fifteen minutes later, an email was sent by said commissioner to me and all the board members, including the mayor, declaring in the first line that he was resigning as of that moment.
The following morning, Tuesday, September 24, Commissioner Caudle met with Mayor Shaw at his office to discuss several recent issues. She told me that she watched him check his email and that the resignation message was visibly unread. Given Mayor Shaw’s very limited understanding of how email, social media, and computers generally work, I am relatively certain it had not been opened before.
I understand why the mayor would want to backdate the resignation letter to 9 a.m. on September 23. The former commissioner had slandered a private citizen, which could potentially leave the Town of Ramseur on the hook for any damages. What most people, including Mayor Shaw, didn’t know is that the now former commissioner told the same slanderous lie about me to someone else on or about September 6. I have enough evidence of that event to prove it in court should it become necessary.
Anyone can scribble a note with a magic marker and write a date and time on it, but computer timestamps can be verified. I have no intention of suing anyone. I have no desire to bankrupt our town.
My wife has spoken to the billboard company and confirmed that they would not publish such a potentially libelous message for any amount of money. As I’ve said many times before, everything I publish here is factual and can be proven with evidence any court would accept. If it was not don’t you think I would have received cease and desist letters and been shut down many months ago? I’ve even published corrections on the few occasions when I have misquoted someone or made errors. If I am not further slandered this business will end right here, right now. If I am served a summons or find my name and face on a billboard full of lies somewhere, all bets are off.
This is not the first time I have reported on Mayor Shaw’s habit of twisting the truth or trying to rewrite history. That may have worked in the past, before the tools of modern communication and research arrived in almost every American’s pocket, but it doesn’t work now.
Mayor Shaw, perhaps the best thing for you to do now would be to follow the lead of the man you appointed to our Board of Commissioners without properly vetting him last August: resign while you can still salvage a few shreds of your very tattered integrity. Remember, sir, I didn’t do this to you, you have done it to yourself.Print This Post